I hate my sales job but I simply can't afford to quit

DEIDRE SAYS: ALTHOUGH I really hate my work, I simply can’t afford to quit.

I’m a 42-year-old woman stuck in a dead-end job in sales. It gives me no satisfaction, has no real prospects, I work long hours and my boss is horrible to me.

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As a young girl, I had so many dreams.

I dread switching on my laptop in the mornings. I can’t sleep, I have lost my appetite and it’s affecting my relationship because I’m so moody.

But my husband says I have to stick at it, as we need the money.

I would love to retrain as something else, but I’m starting to think it’s too late for me.

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DEIDRE SAYS:If your boss is awful, think about complaining to HR and speak to ACAS about your rights (acas.org.uk, Helpline 0300 123 1100).

With over 20 working years left, you’re not too old for a career change.

Check out my support pack, Help For Job Hunters.

That little girl with dreams is still there – listen to her and focus on your strengths.

Think about what you would like to retrain as, and apply. Just having a new goal will lift your spirits.

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